Neighbors Want Condemned, Foreclosed Long Island Sound Home Demolished

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    A foreclosed, vacant home in Rocky Point looks to be on the verge of collapsing onto a beach, and residents are wondering when something will be done about a potentially dangerous situation. Greg Cergol reports.

    A vacant and dilapidated Rocky Point home that sits at the edge of a high North Shore bluff overlooking the Long Island Sound will eventually be demolished, according to the bank handling the property's foreclosure.

    As beach season approaches, though, residents and lawmakers are concerned about its stability.

    The home can't be demolished until foreclosure proceedings on it are complete, according to Bank of America, which couldn't offer a timetable on how long that might take.

    "Left to its own devices, this house sooner or later will come crashing down," said Desmond Butler, head of the property owners association that owns the beach below the home.

    Friendship Beach, as it is known, is a popular stop during the summer, but the home hanging above has made some beachgoers wary of relaxing on the sand below.

    "I can't fathom being down here in the summertime, enjoying my day with my son, with that house over my shoulder," said Douglas Morrow, a neighbor.

    Winds and rain from Sandy wiped away much of the dune below the home, leaving it in a perilous position, according to Brookhaven Councilwoman Jane Bonner. While there is no immediate danger of the home collapsing into the Sound, Bonner called it "an accident waiting to happen" and a "curiosity" that could be a danger to area kids.

    "We're all anxiously waiting for Bank of America to be a good neighbor and do the right thing," Bonner said.

    Bank of America said in a statement that it is "aware of the property concerns" and is "hopeful the situation can be resolved soon."

    The last property owner, identified by the town of Brookhaven as Carlos Espinal, could not be reached for comment.

    Brookhaven has already condemned the home.

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